Hello, Terrelle?

By Adam Caparell - January 08, 2008

Rich Rodriguez went on the record Tuesday saying he doesn't expect Mario Mannigham and Adrian Arrington to return to campus. But the bigger news from Ann Arbor, and Rodriguez's mouth, was the other name the new Michigan coach does not expect to stick around campus.

On the Jim Rome radio show, Rodriguez told the personality that he believes soon to be sophomore quarterback Ryan Mallett will be transfering.

"I believe he's going to transfer," Rodriguez told Rome. "He has not told me specifically and he's told other folks in the program. I talked to him a couple times, again, before the bowl game and once after the bowl game and gave him our spiel. But, again, if he chooses to leave, he's going to make a choice that's best for him, and we'll be OK."

But don't cry for Michigan. With Mallett out of the picture that leaves a clear path for Rodriguez to bring in the nation's top recruit in Terrelle Pryor, the dynamic quarterback who was just named the MVP of the U.S. Army All-American bowl in San Antonio this past weekend.

Pryor had West Virginia high on his list of potential schools before Rodriguez bolted for Michigan. Since he left, Pryor switched up his list of schools and has reportedly narrowed them down to Ohio State, Florida and Michigan.

But with a vacant quarterback position and no candidates seemingly ready to step right in - doubt Michigan's going to look toward Nick Sheridan or David Cone as their quarterback of the future - it looks like Pryor is all set for a soft landing in Ann Arbor. There he'll get to run Rodriguez's spread and wreak havoc on the Big Ten.

When Rodriguez took the job Dec. 16, the writing was pretty much on the wall for Mallett. His days were numbered and now it's seemingly just a matter of where he's going to land. Mallett's gone, Pryor's most likely in and the changes continue for Michigan.

Much to Rodriguez's liking, I'm sure.

As for where Mallett winds up, it could be any number of places, but look for Arkansas and Kansas State to be the most likely landing spots for the big-armed Texas native, according to CSTV's Tom Lemming. Mallett grew up a Razorbacks fan and would be a nice fit in new coach Bobby Petrino's offense. But there will be a number of teams after Mallett, Lemming says, considering he throws the ball as well as anyone since Jeff George.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 03:40 PM on January 08, 2008

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